Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

The Art of Strategic Alliances: Best Practices

The Art of Strategic Alliances: Best Practices

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Governance, Innovation, Professional, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Considering a strategic alliance? You might also want to consider these best practices drawn from the major findings of the Mendelssohn Club's Strategic Alliances study featured in the article "The Art of Strategic Alliances" by Matthew Sigman. Read more

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Learning Leadership

Learning Leadership

“More than just waving our hands”

Don Lee | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Management/Leadership, Professional, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Many choral directors take on administrative responsibility with little formal preparation. Here are strategies to excel in the office and boardroom as well as the concert hall. Read more

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The Art of Strategic Alliances

The Art of Strategic Alliances

Matthew Sigman | Composing/Commissioning, Governance, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

When do partnerships add value and when do they distract from a chorus’s mission?  Philadelphia’s venerable Mendelssohn Club explores the spectrum of collaboration, from artistic to administrative. Read more

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10 New Ways Your Chorus Can Use Facebook and Twitter

10 New Ways Your Chorus Can Use Facebook and Twitter

Lauren Rosenthal | Audiences, Education, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media, Technology

Whether your chorus is a 150-member children's choir or an eight-member a cappella group, social media can be a powerful tool for staying in touch with your members and your audience. Here are some new ideas to help keep your Facebook and Twitter presence fresh. Read more

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Member Spotlight: Erica Battle, Detroit Children’s Choir

Member Spotlight: Erica Battle, Detroit Children’s Choir

Chorus America Staff | Children/Youth, Diversity, Education, General, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Operations, Schools

In Detroit, music and arts organizations are pooling their resources to buy management expertise. That's how Erica Battle, a certified public accountant, stepped into her position as executive director of the Detroit Children's Choir. Here she talks with Chorus America about the shared services model that has been successful in Detroit, her new role, and her recent experience at October's Chorus Management Institute. Read more

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The Changing World of Communications

The Changing World of Communications

Communications director Robin L. Perry reflects on how the tsunami of technology has changed the way organizations communicate.

Gayle Ober | CA News, Careers, Innovation, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media

With this issue of The Voice, editor Robin L. Perry says farewell. After 12 years at Chorus America, she is taking on a new challenge, working with her father on a biography, which will involve a move to California. Chorus America has been the beneficiary of Robin's expertise, creativity, and hard work. She leaves us with a terrific base on which to grow and we wish her all the best in her new venture. I asked her to reflect on her tenure as director of communications and to share with readers her perspectives on how communications have changed during that time. Read more

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10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

10 Tips for Engaging Your Board

Don Lee | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership, Operations

It's really the staff's job to position the board to do their best work―and most of that boils down to excellent communication and clarity of expectations. Read more

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How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

How To Recruit Volunteer Singers

Kelsey Menehan | Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Singing, Social Media, Volunteer

Strategies for reaching out to prospective singers Read more

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Changing Your Chorus from Within

Changing Your Chorus from Within

David Costanza | Diversity, Innovation, Management/Leadership, Participation, Recruitment, Singing

How chorus leaders can use the principles of organizational culture to implement change and get the best results for their organizations Read more

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When Only Some Singers Are Paid

When Only Some Singers Are Paid

Don Lee | Management/Leadership, Performance, Professional, Singing, Volunteer

The experience of several professional core choruses demonstrates there are ways to gracefully handle the inherent tension that arises when paid singers are brought on board in a mostly volunteer ensemble. Here are eight tips from managers, conductors, and volunteer singers who have been through this process. Read more

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Resources

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Sample Search Timeline

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A sample timeline to help with music director search planning. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Readiness Quiz

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Is your chorus ready for a founder transition? This 9-question quiz will help you determine the answer. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Orientation Materials Checklist

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A checklist of documents and organizational background to prepare for the incoming music director. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Developing a Communications Plan

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Marketing/Public Relations, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

A worksheet to help choruses communicate to all constituents in the event of an artistic founder transition. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Determining Your Organizational Direction

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Thirteen questions to help determine the future of the chorus when an artistic founder transition is imminent. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Building Your Search Budget

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Finance, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Searching for new artistic leadership requires its own budget. This list of income and expense considerations will help. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Annual Employee Performance Evaluation Guidelines

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Evaluation, Governance, Strategic Planning, Technique/Tool

Ten helpful guidelines to help establish a healthy annual performance review process for the music director of your chorus. Read more

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'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

'Music Director Transition' Tool: Action Plan Matrix

Chorus America Staff | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Sample/Template, Strategic Planning

A worksheet to help choruses plan for founding artistic leadership transitions. Read more

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Events

Cathedra

Cathedra

McLean, VA

Alison Combes | Performance

Cathedra in concert at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA.  www.singcathedra.org Read more

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Autumn Rhapsody

Autumn Rhapsody

New York, New York

melodianyc | Performance

  Vivaldi's Magnificat, as originally performed by women's voices Dvořák's Largo, part of NY Phil 175th Anniversary New World Symphony U.S. Premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas NY Preimere of Ütle Sina (Tell Me) by Tonu Kõrvits  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

115 E. 57th St, 11th Floor, NYC 10022

emilymt |

  MasterVoices announces the appointment of two new Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former Co-Chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach. Read more

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UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's  Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

NY, NY

Cathy Fischer -... | Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

New York Choral Consortium is proud to present a day-long workshop on audience development and choral ear training at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in NYC, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, providing excellent opportunities to network and mingle with your colleagues from across the choral community. Read more

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NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

NYCC Fall Workshop on Choral Karma – Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up and the Commissioning Process

1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

Cathy Fischer -... | Audiences, Composing/Commissioning

Choral Karma - Getting Our Shared Community to Show Up! Is the marketing process or the idea of social media weighing you down? Don't know where to start or why those things you've tried aren't working? Need to expand your audience past the friends and family market, but don't know how? We all need some NYC "Choral Karma." Our expert clinician will lead a rousing discussion using a unique crowd-sourcing technique for revealing ideas and share expert tips and planning strategies for effective marketing of our choral music concerts here in NYC. Let's figure out how to get our music in the ears and hearts of every New Yorker!  The Commissioning Process   Have you always wanted to commission a new work for your choir, but worried that the process would be daunting or difficult for you or your singers? Let your friends at NYCC set your mind at ease. Hear the stories, the do's and don'ts, and get expert inside tips for successful collaborations between composers and choral conductors. A panel of distinguished artists from all sides of the spectrum will pave the way for your next (or first!) exciting project bringing new music to life for the first time! We'll even include a comprehensive info packet to help you get started! Read more

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The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

The Collegiate Chorale Announces Expansion of Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director; Edward Barnes, Producing Director

New York, NY

emilymt | Professional

THE COLLEGIATE CHORALE Announces An Expansion of its Executive Staff: Ted Sperling, Artistic Director Edward Barnes, Producing Director Join Music Director James Bagwell   and Executive Director Jennifer Collins Read more

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Purcell The Indian Queen

Purcell The Indian Queen

Boston, MA

Handel and Hayd... | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Awards, Careers, Civic Engagement, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Diversity, Education, Families, General, Impact/Value, Performance, Singing, Symphonic, Venue

H&H presents a program of comedy, romance, intrigue, and beautiful music with this dramatic semi-opera and scenes from other Purcell works. Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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